The Great British High Street (GBHS) Awards are an exciting opportunity for councils, businesses, community groups and volunteers to learn from the leading examples of the ways in which high streets are succeeding in overcoming the challenges of a rapidly changing environment.

High streets are eligible to win up to £10,000 for their local community, plus the opportunity for their local businesses and consumers to participate in a Visa GBHS Spend & Win Competition, which rewards the people that make our high streets so special. Click here for further information.

Winners will be named in each of the four UK nations – England, Scotland, Wales and, for the first time, Northern Ireland – across two categories: Champion High Street and Rising Star High Street. The Champion High Street category will recognise the nation's best high streets whilst the Rising Star High Street category, sponsored by SumUp, will recognise the nation's most ambitious high streets, which are taking the lead and working together to revive, adapt and diversify.

An overall High Street of the Year in Great Britain and Northern Ireland will also be named.

Shortlisted finalists will be invited to an awards ceremony in London in November celebrating the high streets that are succeeding and influencing change.

In addition Visa GBHS Street Teams will be visiting randomly selected high streets during the Awards to promote entered high streets and surprise and delight local businesses and consumers with activities and giveaways. To be eligible, make sure you submit your application as soon as possible.

This year it is easier than ever to enter your high street into the GBHS Awards.

If you are a local community team, association or authority that represent your high street (see below list) then click here to register your interest and receive further information and instructions on how to apply.

If you are a member of the public and you would like your high street to be entered into the Awards then please get in touch with your MP or your local authority directly to encourage the council to register on behalf of your community.

You can also get involved on social media using #MyHighStreet and the GBHS social media channels (Twitter, Facebook and Instagram).

To enter your high street you will need to be a representative of a:

  • Business Improvement District
  • Local Authority
  • Parish Council
  • Town Team
  • Coastal Community Team
  • Town Centre Partnership
  • Community Interest Company
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Trading Association


If you still think your organisation may still qualify but is not listed please email: [email protected].


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